Phoenix Race Preview
Granite Stripe (2013, Ep. 37): Phoenix
There are just two races left in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and the Granite Stripe is ready for the homestretch! Check out all the pre-race coverage for the AdvoCare 500 from the NHMS.com team. The race be broadcast on ESPN with coverage beginning at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.
LISTEN to the Granite Stripe Podcast (2013, Ep. 37): Johnson, Kenseth and Also-Rans
After listening to PRN's Highlights from Texas, Jonathan is joined by Nate McShinsky to discuss the battle atop the standings and lay to rest the Chase's also-rans.
SET your fantasy lineup with the preview: Two Chasers, Two Races
Even though the championship is down to two, there will still be a full, 43-car field (as always). From a Yahoo! Fantasy Auto Racing standpoint, that means that owners must step back from the championship hunt that's going on and look at the field as a whole.
FIND your driver on this week's Magic Mile Power Rankings
1. Jimmie Johnson - It was another dominant day for the 48. With 255 laps led on Sunday, Johnson looked right at home, holding off a hard-charging Dale Earnhardt Jr. to take the checkered flag for the sixth time this season. And given Johnson's average finishing history at the two remaining tracks - Phoenix (6.4 in 20 starts) and Homestead (15.3 in 12 starts) - his now seven-point lead over Matt Kenseth might as well be 100.
HELP answer "Where Did It All Go Wrong?" for the non-contenders
It's a good time to lay to rest those that won't be raising the Sprint Cup Trophy. Each had a shortcoming that will need to be addressed should they choose to unseat the driver who goes on to win the ultimate prize.